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Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning

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ISBN13: 9780736000895
ISBN10: 0736000895
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In this revised and expanded second edition of Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning, now with over 300 color photographs, leading exercise science professionals explore the scientific principles, concepts, and theories of strength training and conditioning as well as their practical applications to athletic performance.

Students, coaches, strength and conditioning specialists, personal trainers, athletic trainers, and other sport science professionals will find state-of-the-art, comprehensive information on structure and function of body systems, training adaptations, testing and evaluation, exercise techniques, program design (aerobic and anaerobic) and training facility organization and administration.

Edited by Thomas R. Baechle and Roger W. Earle, Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning, Second Edition, is an excellent text for students preparing for careers in strength training and conditioning. It is the most comprehensive reference available for strength and conditioning professionals and sports medicine specialists. For people preparing to take the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist examination, it is the primary preparation resource. Those preparing to take the NSCA Certified Personal Trainer examination will also find it to be a valuable resource. The NSCA Certification Commission, the certifying body of the National Strength and Conditioning Association, has developed this text.

Each of the book's 26 chapters provides an overview of an important aspect of strength and conditioning and includes chapter objectives, application boxes, key points, key terms, study questions, and questions requiring practical application of key concepts.

In Section 1 of Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning, Second Edition, experts in exercise physiology, biochemistry, anatomy, biomechanics, endocrinology, sports nutrition, and sport psychology discuss the principles of their respective areas of expertise and how they apply in designing safe, effective strength and conditioning programs.

Section 2 discusses the selection, administration, scoring, and the interpretation of testing results. Section 3 provides information regarding the correction and execution of stretching, warm-up, and resistance training exercises.

Section 4 applies information from the first three sections to the design of effective strength training and conditioning programs, both aerobic and anaerobic. The three parts of Section 4 address anaerobic exercise prescription, aerobic endurance exercise prescription, and periodization and rehabilitation. The anaerobic prescription section provides guidelines for resistance and plyometric training as well as for speed, agility, and speed endurance programs. Step-by-step guidelines are given for designing strength and conditioning programs, and application boxes illustrate how each variable applies to athletes with different training goals. A unique feature of this edition is the use of scenarios to illustrate how the guidelines presented for each of the program design variables are applied to attain the different training scores.

Section 5 addresses facility design, scheduling, policies and procedures, maintenance, and risk management concerns.

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New edition of a reference in which leading exercise science professionals explore the scientific principles, concepts, and theories of strength training and conditioning as well as their practical applications to athletic performance. The 26 chapters cover concepts and applications of the exercise sciences, testing and evaluation, exercise techniques, program design, and organization and administration of the strength training and conditioning facility. Illustrated with color photographs and charts. Edited by Baechle (Creighton U.) and Earle, both of the NSCA Certification Commission.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

This cousebook for students working towards careers in strength and conditioning and/or personal training, mirrors the 35 primary content areas in the US' National Strength and Conditioning Association's examination. It includes self-assessment tests.

Synopsis:

One of the most comprehensive resources on strength training and conditioning

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anonymous , February 25, 2009 (view all comments by anonymous )
Evidence-Based Exercise Info at its Best

When it comes to telling people how to train, I want to know that the advice I give is based on evidence, not what on other people say, and not on what I "think" is going to work. While you could dig around on various electronic databases, such as Medline to get such information, its nice to have all the latest excercise recommendations based on sound research at your fingertips. And if you're looking for such a book, well, look no further.

Readers who regularly read sports science research will see some familiar names on page vii, which contains the list of people who contributed to the book. To me, knowing that people like Kraemer, Faigenbaum, or Hatfield had a hand in this book puts it on solid ground.

And the book is thorough too. Covering just about every aspect of conditioning and training, from basic exercise physiology to how many sets of an exercise should I do, its just a plain fact that there's not much that has been left out. Of course all the major areas such as strength training, endurance training, and flexibility are there as well. Also notable are the great pictures of stretching and strengthening exercises as well as little numbers (2) to refer the reader to the study the info was taken from. Right on!

My criticisms of this book are picky and few. For example I did notice that on page 299 the book advocates holding a static stretch for 30 seconds to become more flexible. Experts in the field who keep up on the research may not agree with this. While the 30 seconds rule applies to a lot of muscle groups, it does not apply to all- like stretching the calf muscles to increase dorsiflexion (see "The 5-Minute Plantar Fasciitis Solution" for a nice updated literature review on ankle stretching). In case you're wondering, 30s won't cut it to increase ankle ROM.

In conclusion, as a researcher and trainer, I was really impressed with the evidence-based information and the thoroughness of the text. I think it would be of most benefit to coaches, athletic trainers, personal trainers, or anyone who wants a good resource to guide their exercise prescriptions.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780736000895
Author:
Baechle, Thomas R.
Publisher:
Human Kinetics Publishers
Location:
Champaign, Ill.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Exercise
Subject:
Physical fitness
Subject:
Sports medicine
Subject:
Physiology
Subject:
Allied Health Services - Physical Therapy
Subject:
Physical education and training
Subject:
Muscles
Subject:
Kinesiology
Subject:
Muscle strength
Subject:
Musculoskeletal system
Subject:
Movement.
Subject:
Condition physique
Subject:
âEducation physique
Subject:
Ejercicios
Subject:
Aptitud fâisica
Subject:
Educaciâon fâisica
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
Rev
Series Volume:
20
Publication Date:
January 2000
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
657
Dimensions:
11.36x8.76x1.53 in. 5.19 lbs.

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Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning
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Product details 657 pages Human Kinetics Publishers - English 9780736000895 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , This cousebook for students working towards careers in strength and conditioning and/or personal training, mirrors the 35 primary content areas in the US' National Strength and Conditioning Association's examination. It includes self-assessment tests.
"Synopsis" by , One of the most comprehensive resources on strength training and conditioning
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